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Works start on $9.6m Eltham station
A new CFA station at Eltham will better support firefighters and increase community safety in Melbourne’s outer north-east, said Minister for Police and Emergency Services and Bushfire Response Kim Wells.
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Turning the first sod at the site of the new integrated CFA station on
“This new CFA station is a $9.6 million investment in community safety for the Eltham community and surrounding areas and will ensure the brigade is well equipped to continue performing its critical work protecting lives and property,” Mr Wells said.
“The new site and station will also have the capacity to meet the needs of future generations of firefighters and provide improved working conditions for career and volunteer brigade members who service this area.”
The new facility will include a four-bay motor room, staff dayroom and dormitory area, additional office space as well as a training yard and car park areas. Work is expected to be completed by March 2015.
Member for Eastern Metropolitan Region Jan Kronberg and Liberal candidate for Eltham Steven Briffa joined Mr Wells at the sod turn and welcomed the announcement for the local community.
“A new integrated station in Eltham will provide a significant boost to emergency response capabilities for the local community,” Mrs Kronberg said.
“The search for a new site has been underway since the mid ‘90s and it’s fantastic that the Victorian Coalition Government has commenced works on this vital project within our first term in office.”
Mr Wells said the Coalition Government has a strong commitment to firefighters and has provided more funding to
“Since coming to office in 2010, the Coalition Government has provided the CFA with more than $2.29 billion. This financial year the CFA Budget is $446 million, $47 million more than under the last Labor budget,” Mr Wells said.
“This record investment in the CFA highlights the Coalition Government's strong commitment to the CFA and recognises the critical role our career and volunteer firefighters play in keeping Victorians safe.
“The Coalition Government recently announced another significant boost to the CFA’s emergency response capabilities, investing more than $29 million in the purchase of 78 new vehicles.
“The Coalition Government is proud of the vital work performed by the more than 55,000 CFA volunteers, who help protect 3.3 million Victorians and more than one million properties across the state.”